Colin Macdonald (CUNY Graduate Center) Look through major works of Shakespeare criticism and you will find Timon of Athens variously described as “baffling,” “curious,” “unfinished,” “abandoned,” “a mistake,” “the strangest of Shakespeare’s […]
Elizabeth Zeman Kolkovich (Ohio State University, Mansfield) Cleveland’s Great Lakes Theater, a regional company dedicated to bringing “the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to the widest possible audience,” rarely performs […]
Laura Kolb (Baruch College) About two-thirds of the way through the Back Room Shakespeare Project’s first production in New York, a one-night-only performance of Twelfth Night, one of the actors threw back […]
Adhaar Noor Desai (Bard College) Notes from the editor: Watch the currently live-streamed April 19th performance of The Winter’s Tale at the Barbican Centre in London. Available until Sunday, May 7. Dr. […]
Musa Gurnis (Washington University in St. Louis) Brave Spirits’s 2016-2017 season continues in Washington, D.C. with John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore in repertory with Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher’s A […]
Samantha Dressel (Chapman University) Ten minutes before the scheduled start time, Pompey ushered us into the small Goad Theater: “Welcome to Mistress Overdone’s House of Repute! Or perhaps ill-repute…” He continued with […]
The second episode of the new Shakespearean miniseries, The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, makes clear that the producers concretely thought about what the television serial medium can offer these plays beyond production values. While the first episode employed the editing technique of cross-cutting to underscore the ways in which a king might be slingshot between factions (thus rendering his decisions always in terms of a lesser evil), the second episode, “2 Henry VI,” uses point-of-view (POV) framing to suggest the consequences of a government dictated by personal motivations rather than that of the commonwealth.
The second season of the award-winning series, The Hollow Crown, opens with a dramatic birds-eye view of the English Channel and the Cliffs of Dover as we follow a soldier’s furious ride through red and white eglantine. Dover happens to be the closest point between England and France. The roses and geography are visual aids alongside Dame Judi Dench’s voice-over: Henry V has taken France and married its princess, securing England’s legacy legally and militarily. Dench isn’t a cast member in this production, but her inclusion reinforces the sense that there are certain actors who (to film and television audiences) verify what Andrew Higson calls English heritage cinema. The three-part series focusing on William Shakespeare’s War of the Roses tetralogy capitalizes on such casting strategies as well as crosscut sequences to emphasize the threat of a managed monarch to the commonwealth.
Laura Kolb (Baruch College) Walking into the Barrow Street Theatre to see Coriolanus is a lot like going to vote. In part, that’s a conscious choice on the part of the Red […]
Marsha S. Robinson A collection of 25 essays, The Shakespeare Circle: An Alternative Biography (eds. Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells, Cambridge UP, 2015) was written as part of the international commemoration of […]